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  PBS    Sino Tv Early Evening News    Series/Special.  

    March 16, 2011
    6:00 - 7:00pm PDT  

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>> hello everyone. welcome to our special coverage of the events in japan. >> welcome. >> here are the top stories of this hour. workers at the fukushima nuclear plant are scrambling to save the reactors from a meltdown following last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami. in libya, the government says its supporters are making gains at the expense of rivals. the u.n. secretary general urges all sides in the conflict to cause a ceasefire. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--
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>> nuclear experts in japan are still battling to prevent a meltdown at the fukushima power plant. concerns are growing about a pool holding spent nuclear fuel at the reactor complex. workers are using all means possible to cool the reactors that were damaged in the earthquake. the plant had to be evacuated temporarily at one point due to high levels of radiation. >> dense clouds of stream rose from the fukushima nuclear plant on wednesday. but the fire in reactor four was of less concern to the authorities than a possible fracture to the containment vessel of reactor three. partial meltdown likely occurred in at least one of the six reactors. the biggest fear is that the molten mass could penetrate the
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steel hull and release regular active material into the environment. radioactivity levels have fluctuated at the plant. the 50 or so workers remaining inside were temporarily evacuated at one point to protect their health. an attempt to send helicopters in to douse the reactors was broken off. now officials are considering cooling the reactors with water cannons. a spokesman for the japanese government tried to reassure the public, saying radiation in the vicinity posed no immediate danger. but she added japan was considering asking the u.s. military for assistance. the nuclear emergency has forced the evacuation of more than 400,000 people. those in the affected area lineup for hours for drinking water, food, and other essential goods.
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most of remained, in the face of enormous hardship and confusing news -- confusing news. now some are growing anxious. >> i am extremely uneasy. information is so complex, and i cannot make any decisions by myself. i am really confused. >> emergency officials are checking people at shelters who fled the affected area for higher levels of radiation. but levels so far are of little concern, as is limited radioactivity directed in drinking water in the fukushima area. >> the japanese emperor has expressed his deep concern about the nuclear crisis. in a rare address to the nation, he called on the japanese people to reach out and help each other in this time of national suffering. in the disaster areas in the country's northeast, hundreds of thousands of people are still facing shortages of fuel and
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water. food is being rationed as the search for survivors goes on. >> restores considered the grim -- continued the grim task of hunting for victims. but cold and snow have slowed their efforts. the odds of finding anyone alive after last week's disaster are overwhelming. crews have mostly recovered bodies in the shattered remains of japan's coastal communities. corpses were laid out in a nearby gymnasium, where survivors look for parents, children, or friends, most of them kept on looking. those who escaped the tsunami unscathed have crowded into makeshift shelters. electricity and heating is being rationed, and in some places food stocks are beginning to run low. people are concerned.
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>> we are only getting a little bit of rice. i am worried my doctor will not have enough to eat -- my daughter will not have enough to eat, but it is better than nothing. >> shelves are bare. no one knows when the next delivery will come. this doctor said he called around, but did not know when he would receive more medicine. aftershocks have little japan. no one can say when the nightmare will and. >> the japanese are trying to resume live as they know it, despite the critical situation in the country. for the millions of people who live in and around tokyo, that means returning to work or school what keeping a close eye on shifting weather patterns and the level of radiation in the air. >> it is an attempt to preserve normalcy. people in tokyo are trying to
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carry on as usual, bringing their children to kindergarten as on any other day. >> i do not want to bring my children. i want them to have as much fun as they can. i want them to feel good. they should be able to do everything they always do, and that does not harm them. i will not let my children see how afraid i am. >> five days after the earthquake of japan's northeast coast, the streets of tokyo are quieter than usual. electricity is being rationed. residents are trying to adapt to the new circumstances. >> i have turned off the lights outside my shop. >> there is relative calm in the japanese capital. people monitor the weather around the crippled power plant. the fear is that the wind
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direction could change and blow radiation toward tokyo. >> usually, there is much more going on here at midday, but now there are a lot less people around. >> official said radiation levels in the city have increased, but they are not deemed harmful. >> aid organizations have been given a massive task of dealing with the disaster in japan. we spoke to the chairman of the german comedy for disaster reduction. we began by asking him the biggest challenges facing the authorities in japan. >> the biggest challenges obviously are to provide food, shelter, water, and sanitation to the homeless people, people which lost their homes and which now are somewhere and need shelter or something else. this is an enormous logistical
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task. you have to care about them. you have to bring the items on the spot. the infrastructure is partly or totally destroyed. >> a major disaster is expanding in japan. how can a country compare -- ike this? >> for disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis, the japanese have been prepared well. the have a lot of experience with natural disasters. they have done a lot of exercises, had a lot of planning. this scale of disaster i think is overwhelming, the worst disaster. >> what is germany doing to help in the disaster relief effort in japan? "first aid we provided which was
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accepted by japan was an urban search and rescue team, which was deployed in japan, which is now retreating because there is obviously the hot spot where they have been deployed, and a chance to rescue people alive. the second one is that we provide assistance to industry. also we can provide assistance if it is asked with a couple of specialists about radioactivity, disaster management specialists. but i think that depends on what japan needs from us. >> that was an interview from earlier. the road to recovery in japan is a very long one. >> will talk about the costs now. there is a long road ahead.
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it will take not only years, but substantial funds to rebuild after the devastation in japan for an industrialized nation that is already heavily indebted. the cost is still the epochal to cartilage. the consequences of potential nuclear disaster are not included in preliminary estimates. >> sendai, the biggest port in northeastern japan, lies in devastation. the earthquake and tsunami killed thousands of people, and hundreds of thousands of lost everything. the economic fallout is still the epochal to estimate. but it is likely to exceed the effects of the 1995 kobe earthquake. a portion was covered by insurers, who will be absorbing damages this time as well. but the burden of reconstruction will fall on japanese investors and businesses who have been
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major buyers of global debt. japanese investors have purchased 270 billion year rose and latin-american bonds. they also hold 500 billion euros of u.s. treasurys. but most of their money lies in european government bonds. that has eased pressure on eurozone nations burdened with sovereign debt, countries like spain and portugal, who now face a problem if japanese investors start selling overseas assets to pay for construction at home. >> japan's central bank has been pumping trillions of yen into the money markets to stabilize them in the short term. on wednesday, investors finally started to buy again. on the nikkei after heavy declines of 6% monday and tuesday, the benchmark index jumped 5.7% on wednesday, coming
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back above the 7000 level. ongoing fears of a nuclear disaster continue to cause concern among investors. wednesday's gains did not extend to the european markets, which ended the day in the red. we have this report from frankfurt. >> it seems the daax could take a break from its heavy losses and sell-offs monday and tuesday, but at the end of the session the dax has been down 2%. the critical situation in fukushima drag down the mood on the frankfurt floor. the dow jones continued its losses. this led to some fear in frankfurt. in the end, investors looked at other prices -- other crises. the world is full of them, especially in libya. the situation is totally unclear. the strike down the mood, as
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traders told me here. >> here is a quick look at the numbers in more detail, beginning in frankfurt, where germany's blue-chip dax closed at 6515. the dow jones industrial average closed at 11,613. the euro declining against the dollar today at $1.3893. germany has decided to shut down seven of its 17 nuclear power plants. that is leading to a drop in power supplies and putting upward pressure on electricity prices. in leipzig, the price permit what our on wednesday hit a two- year high above 59 euros. it is a huge burden for energy intensive companies such as steel producers and the chemical sector. in japan, the impact of the
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quick on the global economy could be worse than previously thought. japan is a major exporter of high-tech components, and with large parts of their infrastructure crippled, companies around the world may face a supply disruptions for electronics. >> japan produces 20% of the world computer chips. the chips are used in a number of consumer products, including cars, cameras, and computer game consoles. toshiba, sunny, and a touchy -- sony, and hitachi are all located away from the center of the quake, but many have had to stop production. clean room laboratories are completely dust free and cost millions to build. these labs now to -- not need to be checked and tested. that could mean months of mass production. analysts expect a major price
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increase on the worldwide market for computer chips. >> the events in japan could affect u.k. interest rate policy. japan's problems could continue -- could cause another global economic slowdown. the european central bank may postpone anticipated rate hikes in the coming months. jean-claude tree shea signaled an increase in the record low interest rate was likely in april 2, rising inflation in the eurozone. portugals borrowing cost rose on wednesday after a debt auction drew only moderate demand. the government believes it is down to the opposition's refusal to back the latest austerity plans. the yield on bonds increased to four with 3% amid concerns the country would have to read it to 4.3% amid concerns the got--
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the yield on bonds increased to 4.3% amid concerns the country would have to borrow more to ride out the debt crisis. back to you for a recap on japan. >> we would like to let you know some of the developments happening in japan at this moment. workers at the stricken fukushima nuclear plant are scrambling to prevent a meltdown. operators say a partial meltdown probably occurred in at least one reactor. fears are growing that the radioactive molten mass could penetrate the steel hull and potentially lead into the environment. the japanese emperor said he was deeply worried by the crisis in japan during a rare address to the nation. hundreds of thousands of people are still facing food and water shortages, and now snow and ice are hampering rescue efforts.
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>> stay tuned. after a short break, i will have more international news for you.
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>> welcome back. the son of gaddafi says government forces have all but retaken the main rebel base of benghazi. he said military operations were over and that the city would fall within 48 hours. forces loyal to gaddafi have retaken a string of coastal towns in the last 11 days, reversing gains made by the rebel army. >> with his forces advancing across the country, libyan leader gaddafi celebrated with supporters in tripoli. after a recent string of gains against rebel forces, they are confident that final victory is
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only days away. >> they think they will come here, take over libya, take our oil, take the great man-made river project, but they forget we are right here, and we still are. >> despite being outgunned, the rebels are fighting desperately in and around the country. gaddafi's air force continues to pound rebel positions. this area is considered a key strategic importance. forces backing gaddafi are close to securing misurata. that would leave only benghazi under rebel control. >> military operations are over. within 48 hours, it will all be finished. our forces have almost reached benghazi. whatever the decision, it will be too late. >> he was referring to a un
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debate over imposing a no-fly zone over libya. the red cross has withdrawn its staff and has asked both sides to protect civilians. >> members of the german parliament have held a debate on the situation in libya, and the possibility of a no-fly zone over the country. some members of the opposition are in favor of such a measure, but the german foreign minister has cautioned against it. "german foreign minister continues to insist that libyan dictator gaddafi must relinquish power. it but he rejected calls for a no-fly zone. >> we do not want to become a party to a civil war in north africa. we do not want to go down a path that would see german soldiers fighting a war in libya. [applause] >> the opposition left party
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agrees with the government line, but the social democrats say a no-fly zone over libya might help put pressure on libya. >> the un charter provides for the use of no-fly zones. i think it would be wise policy to stand united on the international stage. this would show a clear intent to use all instruments available to us through the un charter. >> most german politicians have criticized france's unilateral move to recognize the libyan rebels. the critics say the eu must exert a unified stance. >> turning to bahrain, or at least six people have been killed in an assault by riot police. security forces used tanks and attack helicopters to overrun pearl square, where the opposition camp out for weeks, calling for political reform. police and soldiers fired tear
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gas and shotguns at protesters. this happened after the king called in saudi troops to keep order. for more analysis on the situation in bahrain, i am joined by a member of the german institute for international security. saudi arabia has sent troops into bahrain. how big a threat are the protests in bahrain for its neighbor? >> i do not think there is a big threat, but the saudis see the shiite protests as a sign of iranian influence in this country which is virtually a saudi protectorate. that is why i intervened. it is iran. it is not the shiites. >> iran is closely watching events in bahrain. the think this could draw to run
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into conflict? >> not for the time being. iran is preoccupied with the domestic situation and the americans are still in iraq. next year, the situation will change after the american withdrawal, and i think we will see an runyan reaction, because it is an anti-iranian move by the saudis. they think they have time. >> we seem to be witnessing gaddafi gaining control over libya again, and now this crackdown on protests in bahrain and other parts of the arab world, a crackdown on the democratic process. do you think this is an end to these democratic protests? >> it is not an end. their protests in other countries that are less stable. what we see now is the protests have moved to the geode strategic epicenter of the region. it is not libya. it is the persian gulf, with its
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huge oil reserves. here, other issues are at stake. that is why bahrain has got the support of the united states. the saudis will not lose that support. it is all about the geostrategic situation, the conflict between the u.s. and iran. the issues involved are a lot more important for the world than those in north africa. >> thank you for joining us. yemen has also crackdown on anti-government protesters. an estimated 150 people were injured as security forces broke up a rally in a western port city. police reportedly used teargas and rubber bullets. demonstrators are demanding the resignation of president saleh, who has been in power for 32 years. reconciliation efforts between
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the rival palestinian factions hamas and fatah appear to be gaining pace. the does a strip has been under hamas control for nearly four years, but the president to visit as soon as thursday. they are discussing the possibility of a unity government in the palestinian territory. this can shortly after president obama's confirmed he would not-- president abbas confirmed he would not stand for reelection. the u.s. has fired a contractor after acquitting him of double murder charges. he shot dead two man he said tried to rob him at gunpoint. his release came after relatives of the dead man testified that they had received compensation, and were pardoning him under pakistani sharia law.
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the case puled entire u.s. sentiment and strained ties between palestine -- between pakistan and washington. workers at the stricken fukushima nuclear power plant in japan are still scrambling to prevent a meltdown. operators say a partial meltdown probably did occur in at least one reactor. here's there are growing that radioactive -- fears there are growing that radioactive material could leak into the environment. the japanese emperor said he is worried about the crisis, during a rare address to the nation. hundreds of thousands of people are still facing food and water shortages. to make matters worse, snow and ice are now hampering rescue efforts. we will of course keep you
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updated with all of the developments in japan, right here on "the journal."
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issue one, intervene in libya. >> let me be clear about our policy as determined by me, the president of the united states, is towards the situation there. i believe that gaddafi is on the wrong sides of history. i believe that the libyan people are anxious for freedom. and the removal of somebody who has suppressed them for decades now and we'll be in contact
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with the opposition as well as in consultation with the international community to try to achieve afi being removed fr power. >> secretary of defense view on the middle east. >> any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big american land army into asia or no the middle east or africa should have his head examined. >> intervention. the united states has a notable history of it. in the past two decades, america has intervened militarily on foreign land and on foreign ocean. kuwait, somalia, haiti, bosnia- herzegovina, kosovo, afghanistan, iraq. this sunday in fact, march 20th is the 8th anniversary of the u.s. shock and awe bombing of iraq. on march 20, 2003 the u.s. invaded iraq under the
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assumption of saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction. here is former secretary of defense this week describing them. >> what happened was that everyone in greed, the u.n. that he had stockpiled and had the ability in a matter of weeks to have weapons of mass destruction. >> the ongoing press coverage of libya has eclipsed the coverage of the ongoing war in afghanistan. this sunday is the 8th anniversary of iraq war. in the afghanistan war, the number of u.s. troops that have been killed to date is 1496. in the iraq war, the number of u.s. troops that have been killed is 4439. in the calculus, the afghanistan war and iraq war combined have cost the u.s. in excess of $1 trillion. that's 1,000 billion. one billion is 1,000 million.
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question, does president obama have a policy on libyan and if so, can you describe it? pat buchanan. >> yes, he wants them to go but it will be with the u.n., it's going to be with nato, it's going to be with arab league and all the rest of it. and we're not going to lead, this is not our war. but the dramatic thing you put up there was that statement by the secretary of defense, robert gates, who presided over the surge in afghanistan and iraq, what he is saying is any american president who presides over another war like these two in effect unnecessary, costly, devastating wars ought to have his head examined. what gates has learned something i think from history, we ought not to intervene again. i agree 100%. i think what he is saying is those who oppose the wars in afghanistan and iraq were right, and the interventionists
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were wrong. >> is president obama's policy clear enough to you on libya? >> i think it's evolved just as a situation in libya has evolved. and i think the administration sees libya as a piece of the whole, and the whole region is really what they're looking at. and i think secretary gates has been quite outspoken in warning about the involvement of a no- fly zone, which a lot of people have suggested might be kind of a easy way for the west to inject ourselves into libya and come down on the side of the people, and gates has really said that that would be an act of war because you have to start by bombing the airfields. i think it's clear this president does not want to get america involved in what could be another war, and that he doesn't want america to be in the front in a situation in libya, in particular, where europeans are much more on the line than america does.
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and there's so much anti- american sentiment that by putting america in the forefront, you simply aid and abet gaddafi's paranoia that this is really just a plot to steal their oil. >> we have frozen under president obama's instructions libyan assets is. we have also gained from the united nations a ruling on this -- not a ruling but a message from them, which is comprehensive. do you think that's an achievement? plus the fact we have no longer doing business with the embassy, even though it is not a rupture of diplomatic relations. >> yeah. looking to be fair to president obama, i've been very critical of him on pretty much everything, but to be fair to him i think he's looking at the libyan situation through a pragmatic lens, and he is saying which is what should ask, before committing troops, does the situation involve
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america's national security interests? the argument could go both ways. i understand what some are calling for, this is a humanitarian crisis, there's a moral obligation to protect the libyan people. they're an oil producer. we have economic interests there. but on the other hand, there may be elements to this that we don't know yet, john, which is over the last couple days the unrest in the middle east has spread to is saudi arabia, iran, and those are two two big ones in the region. what obama may be calculate something he cannot commit our resources naval and air and otherwise to libya if these two other big kahunas, saudi arabia and iran, really blow up. then the resources will be needed elsewhere. >> hold on, i want to this in. the u.s. secretary of state. >> absent international authorization, the united states acting alone would be stepping into a situation whose
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consequences are unforeseeable, and we're looking to see whether there is any willingness in the international community to provide any authorization for further steps. >> now, that has moved the definition of his policy, obama's policy, a little bit further forward. correct? you see it taking a sharper definition withhat injection of the secretary of state. >> there's a cleaargue there they would like to trtofi support for something. remain quite unclr. m rd can do at peleilbeit's very n years,
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morethan 7,000 demonstrators flood the capitol building to otest this bill this week. question, how big a victory is for governor walker? eleanor? >> it's -- n in his union busting because the way they got this through is they decoupled the budget part from the effort to str mo of the collective bargaining rights
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and passed it in the dark of yo legislators climbing through the ndows and to get a vote the and the polls in the and country show 2- 1 really don't appre of treating unions this way. so he wi e short-term, but he energized a labor movement that has really been sleeping for the last 30 years, and i think tha real backlash to thhealth benefitshe's done. , ideological. very different from mitch daniels in indiana who did this six years ago, and he is credible presidential candidate, whereas walker looks like a zealot. >> is this a defining moment for walker? it's defining for walker and for the country. obama declared there's an assault upon the unions. he had his organization working it, they maiv demonstrations in the capitol chanting, beating drums, they
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had the state legislators lead. it's a big battin the country. everybody is watching no lk g mself hurt a little bit in the battle. but john, he won this thing, mayors and governors across america are looking at this beusatthstate level, pay- in ben fits for public employees is the big problem. you don't solve the problem. amgetting into it, did he hype the stature every walk-in. >> enormously! >> because walker prevailed over obama! >> exactly. >> and now -- >> mistake on obama's part? >> selk in another formulation take two years from now. >> he will be talked about as a vice presidential candidate. >> whst there? >> let the voice of reason to my left -- [everyone talking at once] >>ve ntlemenly you. look, a couple months ago in november, governor walker was elected on the platform of bringing wisconsin's fiscal house in order, not ju at
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but in the statehouse and in the state senate 60% of them got elected as republicans on this atrm he is instantly now a national fire because he not only won this battle, but the lesson of mitch daniels is he did th x years ago we eliminated most collective bargaining for government unions. six years ago, indiana was in a ames mitch daniels has turned that state around. he restored the balance between the government sector unions and the private sector. e xper is a huge victory for taxpayers as well -- taxpayers in indiana got protected, and mitch daniels soared to 60% approv and got reelected. >> is walker's victory a defeat for obama? >>i think that is a very strange and washington way to look at it. number one, ask me four years if he's won. his poll numbers are down. enrage a large union, he went
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from being popular to beg unpopular. i think democrats won a big victory with health care but it didn't help them in the next election and it's likely walker anthrepublicans in wisconsin will find similar. this is a big substantive victory for republicans in wisconsin and republicans nationwide. ifth kpshaeng, democrats will lose an important source of support. the counter is it mobilized unions reneged their connection with the progressive unit, students others and brought a lot of money and attention to this issue. the question is etr cos -- [everyone talking at once] >> how did we go in two years from being enraged at wall street and the hedge market folkto blaming schoolteachers and snowplow drivers for the problems that government -- the unions in wisconsi-- excuse me! the unions -- excuse me. the unions in wisconsin gave in on the pension and the health benefits. this was about the union
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busting and the way this governor went about doing it should come back to haunt him. and probably going to be a recall effort in the number of legislators. >> i want to get back to my point about how the prestige of the presidency has been lowered by obama and how his own prestige -- he went in at the state level and red lost to a governor. >> he made a mistake when he said this is an assault on unions! the very day he did that, suddenly the demonstrators -- [everyone talking at once] >> the organization got into it, his prestige was involved. his basic contributers were involved. they all were -- [everyone talking at once] >> did he score points in that direction? >> yes. >> did he -- [everyone talking at once] >> then he backed off when it got bad and ran away. >> republicans get to play politics but the democrats don't? you don't think that was a
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republican power play? >> answer all of this. here is one of wisconsin's senate democrats speaking from his quorum busting hideaway in illinois, who did in fact bust the quorum, but the quorum was not required as it turned out! but he lost the vote. senator david hansen. >> what we have done i think as sort of a movement not only in wisconsin but throughout the country, people standing up for workers' rights. >> republican scott walker accused the absent of dodging their democratic duties. >> we live in a democracy that participates in a democracy, you got to be in the arena. and the arena is not rockford. it's not freeport or chicago. it's in madison, wisconsin. >> does walker look better to you now? >> from the clip, no. >> no? >> no. >> you don't think he's in command of the situation? >> i think anybody -- i put this question to the panel because i think it gets to we're asking about obama which is a weird question. is obama more or less likely to
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win wisconsin in two years? i will put mourn now that he's more. democrats are more activated, more union and attention. unions will put tons of money. >> what kind of money? >> i say it depends what kind of results walker gets out of this kinds of maneuver. [everyone talking at once] >> what we have seen with track records of republican governors who have gone in and taken on government unions, cut spending and rein in government is the public finances turn around, the state does better. >> let's get out -- >> and that means that obama's chances are reduced in wisconsin. >> i want to know whether governor walker's political star is waning or waxing. >> governor walker with john kasich of ohio and chris christy of new jersey has realize on as a the point. if the polls can come back and he looks like he can win wisconsin for the republicans, he will be -- vp.
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>> waning. >> waxing for sure. this is the battle and he has won it. >> see was wisconsin looks like in a few years. >> oh, come on! >> looks like a zealot but won a policy victory. >> he looked very controlled to me! i don't know what control and zealot. lots of zealots are in control. >> i will say his star is waxing, and i think he could be seriously considered fo we must be fully aware that homegrown radicalization is part of al-qaeda's strategy to continue its hacking the united states. al-qaeda is actively targeting the american muslim community to recruitment. today's hearing will address this dangerous trend. >> the u.s. house of representatives homeland security committee conducted a
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congressional hearing this week on the subject of radical islam. not radical islam in the middle east, radical islam in the united states, namely, the threat of homegrown terrorism among muslim men residing in the united states. the same population that the chairman of the homeland security committee, peter king, fictionalized in a novel, the chairman wrote titled veil of tears. in in his opening remarks, he cited several times square bomb square bomber, fort hood shooter and york city subway bomber. the 18-year representative of long island, new york's 13th congressional district, dismissed calls to cancel the hearing. >> to back down would be a surrender to political correctness and abdication of what i believe to be the main responsibility of this
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committee, to protect america from a terrorist attack. >> critics of the hearings said the hearings would unfairly stigmatize the muslim american community, among those congressman keith ellison. ellison is the first muslim congressman in u.s. history. he testified before the king committee and described a paramedic of the muslim faith who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. >> some people spread false rumors and speculated he was in with the attackers because he was a muslim. but it was only when his remains were identified -- thes >> question, were king hearings inflammatory or responsible? i ask you, ezra? >> they were inflammatory, particularly we want to be clear about what we're arguing here. the name and direction of the hearings, where it's not a problem to look at
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radicalization in america or threats to the homeland. but king's hearings were about the muslim community. and there is -- it's appalling to suggest there's something wrong with the muslim community in america. these people are americans, and king should be careful. he can have hearings but needs to be careful about who he in diets and what he is talking about. >> >> careful about talking about this. it's not a sweeping indictment of all muslims, and by the way we've had numerous over the last few years, numerous congressional hearings on radicalization here in the united states. peter king's -- hearings this week were not the first one. according to obama's own justice department, there has been a class one terrorism case involving a direct link between american citizens in and foreign terrorist groups every two weeks, since january genera of homeland security all said this kind of radicalization are
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the threats that keep them awake at night. 80% every all terror convictions in the united states since 9/11 have involved radical islamists. >> the problem is peter king did not come to this with clean hands. he was one of the people who was most outspoken against the cultural center that was proposed for lower manhattan. and of course his own backing for what was once considered a terrorist group, the ira also made some of his passion on this issue a little suspect. but the hearings themselves -- were not as inflammatory as the build-up. and what everyone will remember is congressman predictions and. >> grates will be gone a lot sooner than later. >> president obama will not dip into the strategic petroleum reserve to ease gas prices. >> republicans will call for the immediate but temporary
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suspension of the 18.4 cents per gallon tax tax. >> ezra? >> recovery will get shaky as the world economy gets shaky. >> leon panetta will succeed bye-bye.
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